Australia’s Herald Sun reported earlier today:
An earthquake hit Japan’s Fukushima area today, but officials say the region’s crippled nuclear plant remains stable.
The 5.5-magnitude offshore quake struck at 11.45am (1345 AEDT) off Fukushima prefecture in the country’s north, at a depth of 30.2km, the US Geological Survey said.
A tsunami was not expected, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, while there were no reports of damage.
Nuclear plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said that the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remained stable.
“We are not seeing any new abnormality” at the facility, where work is ongoing to bring reactors to a cold shutdown by the end of this year, a TEPCO spokesman said.
Skyscrapers in Tokyo, some 245km away, were slightly rocked by the tremor.